Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian ministry
whose mission is to partner with qualified families in need and provide
them the opportunity for safe, decent, affordable housing.
Progress at House 14
Hi everyone. Yesterday
(3/5/15) was a full and fruitful day for habitat house
#14 and partner family Amy Townsend and her children.
Faithful Plumbing (Faybien
Rosales and helper) arrived early and completed all of
the in-house plumbing by mid morning. Jeff
Blubaugh, owner of Agape Trenching, came around then and
dug all of the trenching for connecting the water and
sewer lines from the mains to the house. Around
noon the City crews arrived to install the connections
and all work including backfill was done by mid
At 2 pm Amy and I met with
Tamara in her office to close on the sale of the house
to Amy. Many thanks to Tamara for her very capable work
in putting together all the documents (including several
new forms now required by federal law) and going through
them with Amy at the closing.
Amy and her family spent most of
the day cleaning the house and getting it ready for the
open house. It looked very good when we held the
house blessing and dedication a little after 5 PM.
Thanks to all of you that were able to attend. I
thought it went well and was a joyful, blessed ending to
our months of work to build this new home for Amy and
her children. Thanks also to Jerry Hooley who
conducted the blessing of Amy's new home.
As always, thanks for all each
of you do to support and help our habitat housing
ministry accomplish its work.
The Amy Townsand Family breaks ground for House 14.
to get a better understanding of what Habitat for
Humanity does, please watch this video.
Thank you Cowley College for producing this.
Habitat homes are constructed primarily by volunteers, using
both donated and purchased building materials. It takes
approximately six months to complete a Habitat house.
Our partner families fulfill their required 300 hours of sweat
equity by helping build their home and by assisting with Habitat
fund raisers. Some of our houses are partially sponsored by
churches, businesses, organizations, or individuals.
We sell our houses at no profit, offering our partner families a
20-year, interest-free mortgage. Monthly payments range between
$400 and $450, depending on taxes and insurance. The monthly
payments are then used to help fund the building of more houses.
We also tithe 10% of our income to Mexico Habitat for Humanity
which is normally enough to build one house in Mexico for each
house we build locally. Donations, which are tax deductible, are
Becoming one of our partner families is the beginning of a
long-term relationship with us. To become a partner family, the
Demonstrate a need for better housing
enough yearly income to meet the financial responsibilities
of home ownership
willing to partner with us by providing 300 hours of sweat
equity working on their Habitat house.
Once an application is completed, it is carefully reviewed by
the Family Selection Committee of the Arkansas City Habitat for
Humanity organization and a home visit is made. Qualified
applicants need to be approved by the Arkansas City Habitat for
Humanity Board of Directors.
Mike and the
"baby" of the Segree family, Miley,
break ground together.
Recipients of House 13 breaking ground.
While most volunteers choose to work on-site, there are several
other opportunities for volunteering in our organization. All of
the committees are made up of community volunteers including:
Family Selection Committee
Church Relations Committee
Family Support Committee
Volunteer Recruitment Committee
volunteer, contact us by:
We will provide additional information on opportunities for you
The location of our current worksite can be obtained by calling
the above number. Anyone over the age of 14 can volunteer,
though there are some limitations for volunteers between 14-18
years of age.
We welcome all volunteers!